This is the first of 4 planned tutorials on my methods for blending 3D figures with photo (or other) backgrounds. This tutorial demonstrates blending into an indoor scene with soft lighting. PDF format, 11.7 MB.
Indirect lighting is a great new feature in Poser8. It allows us to do directly some things we had to fake before, like global illumination and ambient occlusion. Keep in mind that AO in Poser is a way to fake and speed occlusion in a render. IDL (Indirect Lighting) does the real thing.